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Publisher Description

Discover the beautiful stories of Michael Morpurgo, author of Warhorse and the nation’s favourite storyteller

Joy and heartbreak combine in this bittersweet tale of a champion greyhound’s journey through life – and from owner to owner…

“The sack wasn't just drifting gently along like everything else, it was turning of its own accord. There was definitely something inside it, struggling against the side of the plastic bag, kicking at it, squeaking and squealing in terror. He had no idea what it might be, only that it was alive and in danger of drowning.”

When Patrick saves a litter of greyhound puppies from the canal, he can’t bear to hand them all over to the RSPCA. He pleads with his parents: couldn’t he just keep one of them? But nothing will convince them and Patrick cries himself to sleep – only to be woken by a greyhound puppy licking his face!

Patrick christens his puppy Best Mate, and that’s what he becomes. Patrick’s favourite thing is to watch Best Mate running at full stretch on the heath, a speeding bullet, a cheetah-dog. Until one day Best Mate is kidnapped by a greyhound trainer, and begins a new life as a champion race dog. Suzie, the greyhound trainer’s step-daughter, loves Best Mate on first sight and gives him a new name, Bright Eyes. But what will happen when he can’t run any more?

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Praise for Born to Run:

“Pitch perfect… this hardened book reviewer kept having to wipe away the tears” Daily Mail

Praise for The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips:

"…a succinctly engaging tear-jerker, it is also full of happiness and affection and has a joyful ending… It is also about people who care enough to look after each other, offering a lesson in life as well as history. Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week

"From the first sentence of a Michael Morpurgo book, you know you are in the hands of a natural storyteller." Guardian

"As always, Morpurgo writes with solid confidence in a voice that's gentle yet spellbinding." Evening Standard

"Classic Morpurgo brilliance" Bookseller's choice, Publishing News

"…Michael Morpurgo weaves a touching tale that's full of surprises. A master storyteller at his best." Funday Times

About the author

Michael Morpurgo OBE is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children, and has sold more than 35 million books around the world. He has written more than 150 novels and won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, the Whitbread Award and the Blue Peter Book Award, while several of his books have been adapted for stage and screen, including the global theatrical phenomenon War Horse. Michael was Children’s Laureate from 2003 to 2005, and founded the charity Farms for City Children with his wife, Clare. He was knighted in 2018 for services to literature and charity.

19 August
HarperCollins Australia Pty Limited

Customer Reviews

beerchoc ,

Crazy good book

This book is so good and quite emotional it's about 1 dog that had so many different lives one as a best friend one as a racing dog and one as a companion and in every life he was a loyal loving dog and I would highly recommend reading this book!

I love greyhounds(: ,

Great book

This is a really interesting book, I loved it but it is quite sad as well. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down! But there is one thing concerning me,
This book was based on a true story about greyhound racing in England sometime in 2010, and it's 2015 now, in that time the sport has cleaned up and now people go on about it should be banned in Australia because of a couple of people were blooding their dogs, just think about how many people would loose their jobs and most of the participants in this sport are actually nice people! Don't put everyone in the same basket, over 30,000 people work in this sport and nobody ever heard what they had to say about it. Just think for a moment, if a greyhound were to be kept in a tiny "cage" and fed horrible food how could the greyhound run fast and win money for his owner. Seriously think about the people who do the right thing which is almost everyone in the industry. The Greens councillor said“Greyhound racing is a cruel sport and the dogs are treated so badly and kept in tiny cages, it is just inhumane." Maybe she should see what a greyhound kennel actually looks like! All I'm saying here is that the people in the australian greyhound racing board are trying to fix these problems and I think people need to respect what they are doing instead of going on about these lies that are far from the truth. If you think this sport is cruel maybe you should go and visit a race track near you and learn the REAL truth.

Sjsjsjandbf ,

Born to run

This is the best book I have ever read I have read it 10 times I love it so much and it is so sad. I think this book should be voted No.1 book it is so awesome!! I LOVE IT!!

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